Marathi actor to open centre for special children

Published: Dec 17, 2011, 06:54 IST | Rinkita Gurav |

BMC allots structure in Andheri to Ajinkya Deo for institute to treat brain disorder; centre to use procedures adopted in US but at fraction of the cost

BMC allots structure in Andheri to Ajinkya Deo for institute to treat brain disorder; centre to use procedures adopted in US but at fraction of the cost

The past few months have been anxious for Marathi actor Ajinkya Deo. But his dream has been fulfilled.
Deo wanted to start an institute for children suffering from brain disorder, deprived of a proper treatment in the country.

The municipal corporation welfare centre at Veera Desai road will now house the centre for special children started by Marathi actor Ajinkya Deo

And now, the civic body has leased out one of its structures in Andheri (West) for the purpose and will pass the resolution in a meeting today.

The actor had approached the civic authority, asking it to grant him a place in the suburbs to build a school for children diagnosed with the disorder after seeing an improvement in his 14-year-old daughter Tanaya, who was diagnosed with a brain disorder called global development delay.
"The municipal commissioner has sanctioned the proposal and we are waiting for the official letter to come in hand," said Ajinkya Deo.

Asserting the same, Rahul Shewale, BMC's standing committee chairman, said, "The commissioner sanctioned the proposal last month. The resolution will be passed in the group leaders meeting today. There shouldn't be any hurdles, as it's for a social cause and we would inaugurate the work as soon as possible."

Ajinkya Deo

Deo, through his institute, intends to impart training to parents to deal with their child's disorder. Similarly, plans to conduct special workshops by initiating certain exercises that would stimulate the child's brain are on the cards.

After learning that his daughter's condition a brain disorder affecting the senses in the human body needs a certain form of training and care, the Deo family visited an institution for special children in America. After returning from there, they felt the desire to help other parents who are deprived of the facilities in the city.

"It's cumbersome and expensive for a middle class family to travel to America and bear the course fees. By bringing the techniques here, we would cut the cost factor.

We would charge a minimal amount from the parents to cover administration costs and a substantial part of the expenses will be borne by our charitable trust named after my grandmother, Sushilabai Nanasaheb. The aim is to make it possible for parents to see their children move, talk, react and enjoy themselves.

Although the treatment is rigorous, there has been growth and changes in my daughter. Her thinking ability, her comprehensions have improved drastically," said Deo.

Tanaya who was immobile at the age of two, now walks. She loves sports and reading books. Deo says, "We have seen Tanaya grow and she is a person who loves socialising with people."

Meanwhile, a BMC official said, "Two centres in Andheri had been shortlisted. The corporation has now decided to hand over the Veera Desai centre. The building can be used as a welfare centre and can be modified and used by them in the future."

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